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Comment Re:A deeper look at the CRT 'look' (Score 1) 184

As someone who grew up in the CRT era (and remember bringing massively heavy 21" CRT displays to LAN parties), I say "good riddance".

I remember being able to see the flicker when the monitor ran at 60HZ, and getting headaches unless it was a higher refresh rate. I used to run my monitor at a lower than max resolution so I could get 80+HZ, just to avoid the headaches.

I still have that CRT in my garage, just because I haven't gotten around to giving it to the hazardous waste disposal yet. I don't miss CRT at all. The only downside I have with LCD is the input lag.

Comment Re:problems (Score 1) 283

It can be a HUGE problem if you're in a marriage or committed relationship with someone else who doesn't match your desire level.

I suspect it's also a problem for people who feel they need to conform with some "normal" standard of society, and that they're somehow "abnormal". As a guy who grew up mainly wanting to associate with girls and play with "girl" toys or do "girl" activities (including a pink lunchbox in 1st grade), I realized that I am who I am, and unless my behavior is morally wrong, I'm not going to let societal "norms" influence how I behave. Deciding I wanted that lunchbox, and ignoring the teasing (which was massive, but only lasted 1 day) was a major formative experience of my childhood.

But it takes a ton of confidence to get there, and so I suspect many people end up insecure about the fact that they're different than the hypersexualized US culture says they should be. I believe that unless your personality is holding you back from your life goals or interacting with society, embrace who you are and stop trying to be different.

But don't marry a very sexual person if you're asexual or low desire. It won't end well.

Comment Re:"Alternative Facts" = "Lived Experience" (Score 1) 659

I did not mean to throw everything that isn't on the right into a single basket. I do agree that it's not "sole domain of the left". I should have reworded my first sentence in my previous post, as my reply stated that I believed it was. Nor was I intending to only attack "half the political spectrum". I view anyone who refuses to discuss issues on their merit as a problem, regardless of left/right.

I see both sides using identity tactics instead of debating issues on their merits. My friends on both sides (who are generally intellectual) are very frustrated by this. That said, I've personally experienced far more left-leaning people using ad-hominem attacks than right-leaning people. And I've seen a rapid leftward shift in culture in the last decade which has been primarily fueled by a demand for conformity or uniform opinion--dissent is heavily discouraged and persecuted.

I believe the left-leaning identity tactics were a primary trigger for Trump's popular support. IMO, the most scary thing is a lot of the left-leaning people don't appear to realize how bad silencing dissent is--they generally believe that demonizing others is somehow a good thing, because they're "racists", "bigots", and "the enemy". You know what you do with enemies? You fight them. I have a problem starting fights with my own countrymen. It ends badly. Let's talk instead?

I will check out the article you linked. Thanks for that!

Comment Re:"Alternative Facts" = "Lived Experience" (Score 0) 659

Since when? Since refusal to speak a certain way which supports a particular political ideology makes you a "homophobic", "racist", and "bigoted". Since challenging the validity of proposed laws makes you not "worthy of even having a public debate" (from the UofT debate).

Since a florist who didn't want to participate in gay weddings is automatically "homophobic" and a "bigot", despite having both gay employees and patrons.

The left has been using identity politics for the last few years quite heavily. Instead of attacking the viewpoint, they've attacked the person. Now the right has learned to play that game. This is bad for ALL of us.

Identity politics silences dissent. The end result of silencing dissent is tyranny and oppression. Read Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago. We don't want to go there.

Regardless of how you stand on these issues, get out and talk to those who disagree with you--and listen to what they have to say. Be open to other opinions. Debate those who disagree with you--those whose opinions you know are wrong.

Comment Re:Let's all thank Google. (Score 4, Insightful) 94

I think the grandparent's comment was about the openness of the platform. Siri and "OK Google" are both available on the lock screen. The key thing here is a 3rd party company's ability to put their own helper on the lock screen, not voice activation from the lockscreen.

And I do applaud Google for building a product where 3rd parties can do such a thing, but I'm also concerned about their moves to lock down Android by incorporating everything into gapps, blocking competing products like Amazon Underground, etc. We'll have to wait and see if Google tries to block Microsoft from putting Cortana on the lock screen...

And yes, slashdotters are usually for open platforms and against tracking. Therefore, they often rail on Apple for their closed platform and Windows 10 telemetry for its tracking. It seems like an open platform against tracking would please most slashdotters... I think you'll find many of them like LineageOS, whether they use it or not...

Comment Re:Illegal? (Score 1) 181

Does that make Prey illegal? It has the ability to take pictures with the camera, upload files, take screenshots, and geolocate. Wireshark, similarly, can be used for significant malicious intent. As can lock picks.

Mere possession of tools should not constitute illegality. Intent to use such tools, at a minimum, should be required. Most countries agree with regards to lock picking laws--computer programs should be no different.

Liability should be placed on those who installed his software without permission on a computer they didn't own. The author should not be liable, unless the author himself installed the software without permission on a computer he did not own (or wrote an algorithm that performed such actions).

Comment Re:Just one option... (Score 1) 433

Why is the answer always "sue"?

If there's a toxic (but not illegal) problem in the workplace, and you're a halfway decent coder, you generally hold the power. You'll be able to find another job--there's massive opportunities in the market. Unless there's a significant reason you need THIS job, get the issue fixed or go somewhere you won't be miserable.

To address the issue, be an adult. Document a few of your concerns, and politely tell your manager. If necessary, escalate. If that doesn't work, find a new job. If they fire you for raising your concerns... get that new job. Why would you want to work there anyway!?

Don't worry about "justice". Why in the world would you want to hire a lawyer, go through years of hell for 50% of some relatively small payout, and make a name for yourself that might make future employment harder? Is that lawsuit really the legacy you want to leave? If the environment is that toxic, they're going to have trouble retaining people, and that will make business very hard for them. It's called Karma.

I think the Amish have it right. Luke 6:29-30.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1058

I don't think a law should force a business to operate in a way that it doesn't want to. I don't think we should have a law forcing Twitter to keep up posts they don't want to keep up, any more than I think private companies should be forced to provide and/or pay for services they don't believe in. I think monopolies and public services are an exception to this.

So are we talking a law, or what a company should do? Because the bakery and Hobby Lobby were compelled by force of law, whereas, so far, opponents have mostly objected to Twitter's actions--not called for a law. I think everyone has a right to object to a company's actions and/or stance, but bringing the power of law is a whole different level.

I think it's wrong for Twitter to silence most speech, and I will condemn them for doing so. However, I do NOT support any law which would compel them to remove or leave speech up on their site.

Also, the definition of hate speech provided is pure rubbish: "speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or other traits."

If you think my religion is rubbish, you have every right to tell me so, whether it offends me or not. It doesn't mean you hate me--it means you think my religion is rubbish. My being offended should not be a barrier on YOUR right to speak your mind. This redefinition of hate and "hate speech" in modern society is very harmful; it has the potential to destroy our society. And Canada just passed a bill (C-16) putting basically this definition of "hate speech" into law.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

Hell, it's not even "safe" to defend the freedom of speech anymore.

Yes, Prof. Peterson's got some seriously flawed views on gender. He's also got some great knowledge on social psychology, fascism, the role of speech and violence in society, and the harm of excessive compassion. He's got some great thoughts on how the current social policies towards gender actually can exacerbate the problems facing LBGTQ people and send society into authoritarianism, fascism, and violence.

Prof. Peterson says that the point of free speech is to get the boneheaded ideas and opinions out in the open so they can be corrected through dialogue and conversation. But his opponents boycott debate and play noise during a rally about free speech:

When this attitude is taken towards a large group of people, most go into the closet. Their views simmer and become anger. And then, they go out and vote--and everyone wonders where the "crazy Trump supporters" came from.

By being so sure that we're right and harassing those who disagree with us (see: Brendan Eich), you activate authoritarianism:

You don't want authoritarian leaders. It can get very ugly very fast. Stop persecuting those who disagree with you, even if you know they're wrong. Engage them in conversation and show them how they're wrong. Don't silence them. Don't harass them. Haven't we learned anything from Martin Luther King Jr.?

Personally, I agree with the parent. The definition of bigot is "a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions." When I watch the rallies between Prof. Peterson (trying to engage in conversation) and those who oppose him (silencing him and working to get him fired)... it's pretty clear who is intolerant.

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Comment Re:What we need (Score 5, Insightful) 174

It doesn't work in some genres, especially for PvP.

Let's take Overwatch, for example. PS4 and XBOX gamers, using a game controller, are at a significant disadvantage as compared to mouse/keyboard. For instance, Torbjiorn got a nerf on consoles, but not on PC, because people can track and aim more quickly on PC, negating his advantage there. So you may not want to matchmaker those people together, as the PC gamers will, on average, own the console gamers.

But for Windows Store and Steam not getting matched together? Yeah, that's insanity.

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